LOPER is a Brand of Handcrafted Unisex Shoes Made Responsibly

By: Riley von Niessen - May 8, 2016
References: proefdesigns & design-milk
LOPER is a Japanese brand of unisex shoes that combines the talents of creative team PROEF and designer Roderick Pieters. The shoes are characterized most by the visible nylon rope that holds them together, the color variation between the materials making them pop. The brand is careful to use responsible design techniques in order to better the shoe industry, which has a well-documented history of exploiting workers. This is explained by the company who is campaigning on Kickstarter.

Knowing how harmful toxic glue continues to be in factories, the LOPER shoe completely excludes it from its design. This also makes the unisex shoes more environmentally friendly as their glue-free status causing them to be easier to recycle. Using a localized "simplified production line," the brand creates only the number of shoes needed and supports economies in need. By simplifying their ingredient list, the shoes are easy to repair as well with separate parts made available to order when needed.